Cocytius mephisto
Updated as per personal communication with Vadim Kroutov (Sao Bento do Sul, Brazil); March 2015
Updated as per personal communication with Jean Haxaire (Rio Natal, Santa Catarina, Brazil, October 23, 2011); April 2, 2015

Amphonyx mephisto
am-FOH-nicksM meh-FIS-toe
Haxaire & Vaglia 2003

Amphonyx mephisto, Rio Natal, Santa Catarina, Brazil,
October 23, 2011, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Amphonyx Poey, 1832 ...........
Species: mephisto Haxaire & Vaglia 2003

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DISTRIBUTION:

Amphonyx mephisto (Wing span: males: ; females: 126mm (VK)), flies from
southern Brazil, the specimen type locality; Sao Bento do Sul; Rio Natal, Santa Catarina (JH), possibly to
Paraguay and
Argentina. This species is now listed as Amphonyx mephisto, but was once classified as a Cocytius species, and probably will be listed as Cocytius mephisto for some time. Recently Amphonyx has been resurrected as a genus due to significant differences in genitalia between Cocytius and Amphonyx species.

Amphonyx mephisto courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Amphonyx mephisto adults probably nectar at flowers

ECLOSION:

Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.

Amphonyx mephisto female, 126mm, Sao Bento do Sul, Brazil,
courtesy of Vadim Kroutov.

Amphonyx mephisto female (verso), 126mm, Sao Bento do Sul, Brazil,
courtesy of Vadim Kroutov.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

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